President Donald Trump is hammering California for its sanctuary policies in his latest push to resist the "resistance" to his presidency. "You've gone through a lot too, although it's become quite popular what you are doing".
"The state of California's attempt to nullify federal law has sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured", he told the group of California officials gathered at the White House for the meeting. "They want border security. California is in defiance of federal law and this meeting today will highlight that".
"Instead of honoring the (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer, they set him free", Trump said. "We need help protecting the city of San Jacinto, Escondido, the state of California".
"The concept (of sanctuary laws) that we are even talking about is so ridiculous, " the president said.
President Trump said California's landmark sanctuary state measure "forces the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers and violent predators into communities and provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious, violent offenders on Earth".
"Don't give up the fight", Trump urged Ruiz. "I think the entire Trump views on immigration is heartless", the former presidential candidate said.
In lawsuits challenging the administration, cities argue that turning local police authorities into immigration officers erodes trust with minority communities and discourages residents from reporting crime.
"You talk about obstruction of justice", said the president, who is himself the subject of a special counsel's investigation into whether he sought to thwart a federal examination of Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections. The U.S. Department of Justice swiftly responded by filing a lawsuit against the state, soon joined by Orange County supervisors.
Trump has been a frequent critic of both Schaaf and Gov. Time reports that the Justice Department sued the state of California in March for violating immigration laws.
The gun law decision split the court's conservatives and liberals in 1997, in keeping with conservatives' complaints about the federal government's overreach and the importance of states' rights.